Thursday, July 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Arrest made in Davis sexual assault case

By
From page A1 | January 29, 2013 |

Davis police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with Saturday’s sexual assault and robbery on the Davis Community Church grounds, thanks to a phone call from an alert citizen.

Christopher Lynn Romone Turk, a transient, was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on Monday night on charges of sexual assault, robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and sexual battery, Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail, and his arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court.

Police said the alleged assault occurred at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday as the victim, a 34-year-old woman, searched the church grounds at 412 C St. for an animal adoption center.

While there, she reportedly was confronted by a man who brandished a pair of scissors at her, then assaulted her before fleeing with some of the woman’s personal property. The Davis Police Department issued a news release about the crime on Sunday, along with the suspect’s description.

At about 2:20 p.m. Monday, police got a call from a citizen who reported seeing a man matching the suspect’s description in The Marketplace shopping center on West Covell Boulevard. Officers took him into custody, and during a search reported finding physical evidence “which connected Turk to the incident,” Glasgow said.

He declined to elaborate.

Glasgow said Davis police have had no past criminal dealings with Turk, but added that investigators were following up on several leads on the assault throughout the weekend, “and he was one of them.”

Turk does, however, have a criminal record in Sacramento County, where online records show he was arrested three times in 2012 — first for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property in April, and again in October and December for defrauding an innkeeper, meaning he allegedly took food, lodging or other services without paying for them.

The auto theft case resolved with a no-contest plea for which Turk received a 90-day jail term and three years’ probation, and he was due in court for arraignment Feb. 4 on the misdemeanor defrauding an innkeeper charges, court records show.

Turk is not believed to be responsible for another sexual assault that occurred on the night of Oct. 18 at Fourth and J streets, Glasgow said. That incident remains under investigation.

Davis Community Church pastors on Monday released a statement saying neither Turk nor his alleged victim are members of the church community, and that no services or other programs were going on at the church at the time of the incident.

“We are saddened and angered that this beautiful and sacred space has been used by one human being to harm another,” the Revs. Mary Lynn Tobin and Bill Habicht said in the statement. They added that the crime has prompted the church to “continue a process of examining our safety precautions.”

“Davis Community Church has a long history of providing space for many groups in the community. It is easy to consider DCC as a safe place because it is so familiar,” the pastors said.

“However, it is important for everyone to take every precaution to ensure safety of self and others, as you would anywhere. Always be watchful and vigilant. If you are using the church, be sure to lock doors behind you, and, if at all possible, don’t be on the property alone.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    USDA predicts record almond haul in California

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Teens lead the way in fight against cancer

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Diplomas all around for professor and sons

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Consumption guidelines for Cache Creek fish updated

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A3

     
    Local singer/songwriter will perform Friday on KDRT

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Davis Flea hosts night market Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Free technology help offered to seniors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Contestants sought for Yolo County Fair Queen contest

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Parents can learn all about IEPs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Museum sells market bags as fundraiser

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Zip Book: Request it, read it, return it

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Water trains through Davis

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Water storage must be a priority

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    The real problem isn’t conflict, it’s violent conflict management

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Act now to support middle school students

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Don’t tell me I can’t help him

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    UCD coach has navigated a Maze of experiences

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lethargic and roster thin, Post 77 loses Area 1 opener

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Pence outscores Phillies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Quincy Amarikwa: years in the making

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Area sports briefs: Nelson earns All-Academic honors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Youth roundup: Aftershock finishes second in tournament

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Majka makes winning look easy

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Transportation fellowship goes to Aggie

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Arts

     
    ‘South Pacific’ storyline still making waves

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    ‘The Miracle Worker’ auditions set for WOH

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, July 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8